Now that we have settled into the new facility, I have been able to sit back and digest much of what has taken place over the course of the last few weeks…or is it months? Anyhow, be ready for a barrage of posts to tackle all sorts of topics. Plus, I like to write (ok, and talk), and many of you have expressly said to me that you’ve missed some of my more “thought-provoking” posts. If that wasn’t you, I apologize. Just scroll to the bottom for the WODs. Here we go:
2014 CrossFit Games Open Recap –
With the 2014 CrossFit Games Open coming to a close last week, I’d like to take a minute to reflect on what a successful time it was for the entire community at CrossFit For Glory.
For many of you, it was your first foray into the crucible of (friendly) competition where you really had a chance to “prove your fitness.” A litmus test if you will.
For others, it was an opportunity to look back at the previous year to see what progress you’d made since the 2013 Open.
Still for others, it was an opportunity just to have fun and really immerse yourself into the global CrossFit community.
Regardless of which group you fall into, I want to stress how incredibly proud I am of each and every one of you. It took an enormous amount of courage to sign up for the Open and be judged (and watched) by your peers.
For all of you, I want you to remember one important thing – your performance in the Open is not reflective of who you are as a person. None of you are defined by your performance. But rather, it is a reflection of your current state of fitness.
Could things have gone differently? Absolutely.
Could they have been better? Yep.
Could they have been worse? Oh yea, certainly.
But at that moment, on that day, your score simply represented your performance at the present time.
So, where do you go from here?
Well, you just spent the better part of five weeks learning a WHOLE LOT about yourself as a CrossFitter AND as a person.
Many of you chose to tackle each WOD, head on, no matter what – time domain, load, difficulty of movements. You saw it as a challenge to be conquered each week.
Others had the opposite reaction – you were dejected. Defeated before you ever heard the call of “3-2-1-GO!”
But for both groups (yes, even Jay), you had weaknesses exposed. Holes in your fitness, if you will. Us coaches call this a “dose of humble pie.” Even we ate our fair share of it!
You’ve got two options moving forward – you can shirk away from the challenge and run the other direction. Or, you can accept your shortcomings and resolve to make them strengths for when we go at it in 2015.
Fitness is a journey, NOT a destination.
You never quite “get there.” There is no moment where you stop one day and say “Ok, I’m there. Fit as I’ll ever be.” And that is a good thing that CrossFit does – always provides avenues to focus on improving. You round a corner only to find another long straight looking back at you, or maybe even another corner, or a very steep hill climb where it seems you aren’t going anywhere.
But the road never ends. You keep pushing ahead. Thats what keeps us all coming back each and every day.
At least it is for most of us.
Because that is how progress is made.
Back Squat – 5×5 @ 80%
3×15 GHD Sit-Ups
ME Bench Press
*Note: Weight to be revealed at the box…